Many people are looking into ways to remove skin tags without resorting to surgery. Doctors sometimes refer to these pesky tags as innocuous tumours, and they can be found anywhere on the body, most prominently on the eyelids and neck. Skin tags are less than half an inch in size, and usually much smaller. Their ‘head’ is attached to your ski while their ‘stalk’, or peduncle, sticks out to be noticed. They might be a little darker than your natural skin tone. Moles, warts and tumors look vastly different from a skin tag, but if you’re unsure, it’s best to consult your doctor. They can be exasperating or knock your confidence, but there are various ways to remove them in the comfort of your own home.
The first, most obvious, way is to cut the skin tag off completely. To do this, first tie a thin string (dental floss makes a good substitute), around the base of the tag. Using clean, sharp scissors, cut the tag off over theskin. Be sure to keep the area clean and sanitized by cleaning it with peroxide or liquor a few times each day. Neosporin or a comparable salve can also work. The first few days following the removal, keep a bandage on the wound to keep the area clear of microscopic organisms.
A second method for removal is less grating to the skin but takes more time to complete. Make a glue out of castor oil and apply the solution to the area twice a day. This can take up to 2 weeks to work, but it has proven to be successful.
There are some wart and mole removal items that can also be repurposed for skin tag removals. They may not be as compelling due to the fact that they’re not purpose-made as skin tag treatments, but some people can’t bear the thought of cutting the tags or volunteering for a trip to the doctor’s, which is understandable.
All in all, figuring out how to remove skin tags is not advanced science. There are some safe and viable techniques you can use at home to get rid of these growths without having to go to the doctor. Always remember to keep the area around the tag clean and be thorough in whichever technique you choose.